Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings and England won their respective matches quite convincingly last night.
Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab by 28 runs
Batting first, Kolkata Knight Riders put a decent 163 for eight wickets on their 20 overs. Robin Uthappa scored 42 runs in 30 balls. Karanveer Singh was pick of the bowler for Punjab as he took three wickets for 40 runs in his four overs. Aussie pacer Mitchell Johnson was decent as well as he picked up two wickets for 31 in his four overs.
In reply, Kings XI scored only 135 for eight wickets. Umesh Yadav picked up three wickets for 13 runs and was announced man of the match. Wriddhiman Saha was the high scorer for Punjab; he scored 35 runs. George Bailey ‘s 26 off 17 balls was too little, too late to save Punjab.
Chennai Super Kings beat Mumbai Indians by seven wickets
Mumbai Indians had a good opening start, thanks to Lendl Simmons and former Aussie star Michael Hussey. Together they scored 76 runs in 9.4 overs before Hussey got out on 39. Lendl Simmons top scored for Mumbai by adding 67 runs in the total. At the end of the 20 overs, the Mumbai Indians got 173 runs for the loss of eight wickets. Mohit Sharma took three wickets for 42 runs. Ravindra Jadeja took two wickets for 31 runs in his four overs.
Chasing 174 runs, Chennai had a good start by Dwayne Smith and Faf du Plessis who added 60 runs in just 6.2 overs. At the end, Suresh Raina and David Hussey finished the job for Chennai. Suresh Raina (man of the match) scored 54 in 33 balls. David Hussey made a quick fire 40 in just 29 balls.
England beat Sri Lanka by 10 wickets
After winning the toss, captain Alastair Cook invited Sri Lanka to bat first. Sri Lanka were bowled out for only 67 runs in 24 overs. Chris Jordan took his first five wicket haul for England. He took five for 29 runs in eight overs. James Anderson and James Tredwell picked up two wickets each.
In reply, England chased it down in 12.1 overs with ease. Alastair Cook scored an unbeaten 30 while Ian Bell scored 41 in just 33 balls. These two took England home in just 12.1 overs.
The 4th one day match will be held at Lord’s on May 31 2014. – Md Zahin
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